Hotel at a Glance: Baymont Inn and Suites Atlantic City
Less than 15 minutes from the front door of this hotel, you can munch on cotton candy on Atlantic City's vintage boardwalk or try your luck at one of the glitzy casinos. After indulging in the city's myriad distractions, you can recharge in the Baymont Inn's spacious guest rooms.
- Complimentary continental breakfast and piping-hot coffee are served each morning.
- Guest rooms feature free WiFi and high-definition TVs.
- Several restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Rainforest Cafe.
- Art in the park: The city's Artlantic project revitalizes vacant public spaces with art installations and gardens; one of these sites is located right across the street from the hotel.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it's family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn't all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner's Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin's biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.